Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Day After The Perfect Roast Chicken

Is the day for chicken soup! Often our lunches at Linderhof during the week are leftovers for lunch -- not just heated up but "reworked" into something different. Dinner vegetables are often sauteed in a bit of butter or olive oil, then added to hot chicken broth and pureed. Often a bit of cream is added to make a creamy vegetable soup. Slices of good bread accompany the soup and if there is dessert it is fruit.
I heated up some chicken broth, took the chicken off the bone and added that as well as some corn, tomatoes and okra and a bit of green pepper that was lurking in the fridge. A half cup of cooked rice was also added.

The good thing about making soup from leftovers is that it is a quick soup to make. It doesn't require long simmering but is ready in a matter of minutes. It definitely makes for a quick lunch!
It was a bit chilly that day and the warm soup was perfect for lunch! Husband Jim even had two bowls!

I must admit that we are not overly fond of leftovers when they are just a replay of the meal you ate just before, but I don't mind using leftover food to make a new dish. And luncheon soups are the perfect way to use up whatever you have leftover from dinner the night before.


Nancy Yoakum said...

That looks so delicious! I must admit, I'm not good reinventing leftovers, but I'd eat your soup in a heartbeat. It looks lovely in your blue transferware bowls. I think blue is a nice contrast color to serve food on.

Pondside said...

I like your method for soup-making.
re your last post - I laughed out loud...we had a similar situation featuring a ham and a huskey dog. It wasn't pretty!

Veronica said...

Hello Martha, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your comment about my little hens... yes, I guess it is a trade off re: the eggs vs the mess to the garden. I'd rather have the hens living a life of contentment after their battery life so it's a bargain for us all. I love cooking so I'm so pleased to now be able to read all your posts. You've inspired me to get cooking and posting too! With warm wishes to you from Suffolk, England, Veronica xx

Judy said...

A great way to re-serve yesterday's meal...for sure!

Thanks for your visit...and your comment. I've enjoyed my time here...and love your large serving tray from Pottery Barn. I think I will look for one as well.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Martha! That soup looks ummmm.... and on weekends I often make "leftover" soups, too, for our lunches. They are soooo good.

Yes, I remember Prince Albert in a can. And... is your refrigerator running? GO CATCH IT!

hahahaha.... Cass